Lackey girls, West­lake boys con­quer re­gion in track

Lackey girls, West­lake boys win 2A South Re­gion team ti­tles

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

Over­cast, cooler con­di­tions that en­veloped the re­gion proved to be ideal for many of the ath­letes who com­peted in the Class 2A South Re­gion track and field cham­pi­onships at West­lake High School on Satur­day, but their im­pact on a trio of se­niors was dis­tinctly over­shad­owed.

West­lake se­nior Thomas Al­corn ad­mit­ted that the meet was an “emo­tional” oc­ca­sion as the Uni­ver­sity of Hous­ton re­cruit put the fin­ish touches on lo­cal out­ings in his stel­lar high school ca­reer. Al­corn won two in­di­vid­ual events and was part of two tri­umphant re­lays that helped the Wolver­ines eas­ily cap­ture the boys team ti­tle in spring­board ef­forts into the state cham­pi­onships, which be­gin Thurs­day and con­tinue Satur­day at Mor­gan State Uni­ver­sity in Bal­ti­more.

“When I got here this morn­ing, I knew this was the last time that I would be able to com­pete on my home track,” said Al­corn, who cap­tured the 200-me­ter dash in 22.55 sec­onds as well as the 400 dash (49.09) and was part of the win­ning 400 (42.67) and 1,600 (3 min­utes 28.09 sec­onds) re­lays. “It was an emo­tional day. I knew they were go­ing to run this meet quick, so I didn’t have much time to think about it be­tween races. I just had to go out there and run my events.”

Al­corn and West­lake cap­tured the 2A South Re­gion ti­tle with 144 points, well clear of run­ner-up Fred­er­ick Dou­glass of Prince George’s County (80). Calvert fin­ished third (71.50), Lackey (59) took fifth, La Plata placed sev­enth (48), Patux­ent (28.50) was 10th and Thomas Stone (25) fin­ished 11th among the 13 boys teams at the meet.

Al­corn, An­thony But­ler, An­dre Jack­son and Ka­mari Walker com­bined to take the 400 re­lay and Al­corn, Tobias Hur­ley, An­thony Johnson and Duane Kizer com­bined to take the 1,600. West­lake se­nior Kyle Not­tage cap­tured the shot put (51-2 1/4) and the dis­cus (147-5) by com­fort­able mar­gins.

Lackey se­nior Syd­ney Wil­liams also put the fin­ish­ing touches on her fi­nal lo­cal high school meet by cap­tur­ing the 100 dash (12.15), 100 hur­dles (14.63), 300 hur­dles (44.94) and the long jump (17-8) — a rel­a­tively new event for the Tem­ple Uni­ver­sity re­cruit — to help the Charg­ers coast to the girls team ti­tle. Like Al­corn, Wil­liams was also

seek­ing to use Satur­day’s re­gion meet as a fi­nal prep for the state cham­pi­onships.

“To­day was mainly about get­ting ready for next week,” Wil­liams said. “I’m re­ally hop­ing to fin­ish out strong. I would like to go 14 low in the 100 hur­dles and 44 low in the 300 hur­dles. I love com­pet­ing at Mor­gan State. It’s my last high school meet, so I would like to be able to go out strong.”

Wil­liams and her Charg­ers team­mates col­lected 174 points at the meet to eas­ily gar­ner the top prize over run­ner-up Calvert (108), while Patux­ent (50) was fourth, West­lake (40) tied for sev­enth with South­ern of Anne Arun­del County and Thomas Stone (37.50) was ninth among the 12 girls teams who scored at the re­gion meet.

Lackey ju­nior Do­minique Jef­fery won the 400 (57.68) by one-tenth of a se­cond over Calvert se­nior Syd­ney Wat­son and was se­cond in the 200 (25.89). The Charg­ers’ 800 re­lay of fresh­man Dy­nah De­sir, sopho­more Erin Pear­son, ju­nior Des­tiny Thomp­son and sopho­more Tay­lor Wil­liams took first place (1:44.19), while Lackey took se­cond in both the 400 and 1,600 re­lays.

While Al­corn and Wil­liams have thrived in sprints through­out their ca­reers, Patux­ent High School se­nior Hay­ley Jack­son once again proved dom­i­nant in a trio of dis­tance events.

Jack­son cap­tured the 800 (2:19.27), 1,600 (5:00.44) and 3,200 (11:05.07) — ad­mit­tedly in fi­nal clock­ings that were well above her best — and she is hop­ing to cap her stel­lar high school ca­reer this week­end at Mor­gan State with three more state ti­tles.

“This is go­ing to be my last high school meet, so I’m go­ing to leave it all out there,” Jack­son said. “I was glad that the weather was cooler. But I’ve been deal­ing with al­ler­gies all week, so I wasn’t any­where near my best. But next week I want to PR in all of my events. I love com­pet­ing on that track, so I want to end my high school ca­reer on a good note.”

Calvert’s girls team fin­ished se­cond to Lackey in the team ti­tle chase and the Cava­liers played the brides­maid role in many of the in­di­vid­ual events. But a pair of Calvert re­lays pre­vailed on Satur­day.

The quar­tet of sopho­more Anita Pope, ju­niors Anna Kelly and Tatyana Jones and se­nior Syd­ney Wat­son com­bined to cap­ture the 1,600 re­lay (4:02.25) by more than seven full sec­onds, and the group of se­nior Lauren Miller, sopho­mores Brit­tney Dou­glas and Kayla Bren­nan and fresh­man Emily Mutcher took the 3,200 (10:19.86) by nearly eight full sec­onds.

Wat­son was se­cond to Jef­fery in the 400 (57.78), while sopho­more Syd­ney Friedel was se­cond to Jack­son in the 1,600 (5:29.46) and 3,200 (12:09.97), while Bren­nan was third in those two events and Mad­die Dahlberg was fourth in a pair of field events.

For Calvert’s boys, the tal­ented dis­tance tan­dem of sopho­more Justin Diehl and ju­nior John Dodsworth fin­ished one-two in the 1,600 and 3,200. Diehl won the 1,600 (4:30.91) by less than a se­cond and edged Dodsworth by just over a full se­cond in the 3,200 (9:59.98). West­lake ju­nior Jay Hall was third in the 3,200 and fourth in the 1,600.

La Plata ju­nior Alex Strong con­tin­ued his solid post­sea­son by cap­tur­ing the high jump (6-4 1/2) by over six inches, fin­ish­ing se­cond in the 300 hur­dles (40.43), third in the 100 hur­dles (15.76). War­riors sopho­more Ed­win San­tos was se­cond to Not­tage in the dis­cus (127-9).

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

West­lake High School se­nior Will Moten, pic­tured com­pet­ing in the an­chor leg of the 400 re­lay dur­ing the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onships at Hunt­ing­town High School, helped the Wolver­ines cap­ture the boys Class 2A South Re­gion ti­tle on Satur­day.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

La Plata High School ju­nior Alex Strong won the high jump on Satur­day and fin­ished se­cond in the 300 hur­dles and third in the 100 hur­dles at the Class 2A South Re­gion cham­pi­onships at West­lake High School.

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

Lackey High School re­lay run­ners Day­nah De­sir, Erin Pear­son, Syd­ney Wil­liams and Do­minique Jef­fery, pic­tured af­ter a meet at McDonough High School last month, were key cogs in the Charg­ers’ abil­ity to cap­ture the Class 2A South Re­gion ti­tle at West­lake High School on Satur­day and will be in quest of an­other state out­door ti­tle this week­end at Mor­gan State Uni­ver­sity.

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